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        Hello To All,

        It has been awhile and I hope you are all doing well.

        I wanted to add an outside 110-outlet to an existing residential wall structure but ran into a problem. My objective was to tie-in into an existing power on/off switch above and drop down about 2.5' so the 110 outlet would be the equal ht from the ground as the other ones on the other side of the porch.

        I drilled into the hardy siding where i wanted to put the 110 and was just left of the stud where the switch above was aligned. Well, they must have scabbed a 2X4 there, so I ended-up moving the place to put the outlet about 6" higher. I completed the job fine, everything works to spec, but I have 2 one-half inch holes [about 2" apart] that need to be filled.

        I drilled through the 12" hardie siding, felt paper and 3/4" plywood then hit the insulation, so I was wondering what would be the best hole filler material so when I repainted it, it would not be noticeable? As you might know, the hardy board is textured to look like wood, so I will have my work cut out to make it look like the holes were never drilled. This is also right by the porch door, so plenty of traffic, and I have a brother that would like to be able to see the holes so he could really let me have it.

        Thank you very much,
        tstex

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        Posts: 352 | Registered: Jun 23, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Use a two-part wood filler. Elmers brand from Lowe's is a fairly thick mix and can be shaped to fill the holes. It may take a base coat to form a plug and then a top coat to finish it out. Then you just need to get creative and carve in a woodgrain pattern before painting.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10305 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thx Jaybee.

        The total depth is 3/4" & 5/16", so that is a 1/16 over an inch. I failed to mention that I shoved some steel wool into the holes followed up it w outdoor caulk. Noting will bite into that and take another bite. After it settled/shrunk/dried, I have about 3/8" for finishing off...I'll give that product a whirl - thanks again, tstex
         
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